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May 8th, 2023

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In Today’s Brief

  • Vietnam: Highest temperature ever
  • California: Closer to reparations 
  • Kentucky Derby: Mage earns victory
  • Live Nation: Reports record revenue

...and more

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Coronation of King Charles III

King Charles III was formally crowned at London’s Westminister Abbey on Saturday, cementing his status as the King of England.

According to audience measurement data, at least 18M people in the U.K. watched the coronation, which marked the first such event since Queen Elizabeth II’s in 1953. Alongside King Charles III, his wife Camilla received Queen Mary’s crown, marking the first time in recent history a queen consort has used an existing crown for the coronation. Queen Mary wore the headpiece for her queen consort’s coronation in 1911.

With the coronation, King Charles III is now officially the monarch and head of state for 15 sovereign countries, collectively known as the Commonwealth realms. Those countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and the U.K.

Mall shooting in Texas

Eight people lost their lives and at least nine were injured in a shooting at an outlet mall in Texas on Saturday evening.

The incident occurred at the Allen Premium Outlets, an outdoor shopping center roughly 35 miles north of Dallas. Authorities identified the assailant as 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia, who died on the scene after a shootout with police and who is believed to have acted alone. Allen Fire Chief Jonathan Boyd said that at least nine people were transported to hospitals, where two of the victims later died. Hospital spokespeople confirmed that the victims' ages range from 5 to 51 years old.

According to data from Gun Violence Archive, Saturday's attack was the second-deadliest mass shooting of 2023, in terms of casualties. The deadliest shooting this year took place on January 21st at a ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park, California, where 11 people lost their lives.

Arab League readmits Syria

The Arab League agreed to readmit Syria to the organization after a nearly 12-year suspension, according to a joint statement from the league and Syrian officials.

Syria’s readmittance was approved at a meeting of League members in Cairo, with foreign ministers from 13 of the 22-nation group’s members present for the decision. On top of normalizing ties between Arab League leaders and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the decision means that Syria can resume its participation in league meetings immediately and calls for a resolution of the crisis resulting from the country’s civil war, including the flight of refugees to neighboring countries and drug smuggling across the region.

The country’s membership in the Arab League was suspended in 2011 over Assad’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests, which led to the country’s ongoing civil war. The conflict has killed nearly 500K people since March 2011 and displaced around half of the country’s pre-war population of 23M.

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Around the Globe

  • The Wagner mercenary group signaled it will remain in Bakhmut after chief Yevgeny Prigozhin threatened to withdraw, saying Moscow has promised them additional arms (More)
  • Vietnam recorded a record-high temperature of 111.38 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, with authorities telling people to remain indoors during the hottest parts of the day (More)
  • Russia ordered civilians to evacuate 18 settlements in Zaporizhzhia near the region’s nuclear power plant ahead of Ukraine’s anticipated offensive; in a statement, the UN nuclear chief called the situation around the plant “increasingly unpredictable and potentially dangerous” (More)

On the Homefront

  • California’s reparations task force voted for recommendations that could result in eligible Black residents receiving a minimum of $360K; to be eligible, applicants reportedly must descend from enslaved or emancipated Black people who were in the country by the end of the 19th century (More)
  • A man driving an SUV ran into people near a Texas homeless shelter that reportedly attends to migrants; at least seven people died and several others were injured (More)
  • Former FCC Chair Newton Minow passed away at age 97 on Saturday; Minow proclaimed during his stint as FCC chief in the 1960s that network television was a “vast wasteland” (More)

Glitz & Games

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  • ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ earned $114M in its domestic box office debut over the weekend (More)
  • The racehorse Mage earned a Kentucky Derby victory at the race’s 149th edition; a total of seven horses died at the racetrack in the week-long lead-up to the race (More)
  • Production on the fifth and final season of ‘Stranger Things’ on Netflix is officially delayed due to labor unrest between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (More)

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Business & Markets

  • Major indexes in the stock market ended Friday’s trading session higher to break a four-day losing streak (Dow +1.65%, Nasdaq +2.25%, S&P 500 +1.85%)
  • Berkshire Hathaway reported a profit of $35.5B along with the sale of $13.3B in stocks during the first quarter (More)
  • Live Nation posted a quarterly revenue increase of 73% compared to the same period last year; in an earnings release, the ticketing company said over 19M people attended events across 45 countries in Q1 (More)

Tips & Tricks

  • Feel Good: The Tuscan town of Laterina was thrilled to see the news when an Italian historian determined that a ruined Etruscan-Roman era bridge in their area served as the backdrop of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa
  • Speak Peek: Watch the official trailer for Come Out Fighting, an upcoming movie based on the story of a specialized squad of African American U.S. Army soldiers who were sent on an unofficial rescue mission behind enemy lines to locate their missing commanding officer during World War II
  • Bump This: It’s an oldie, but nothing will put more pep in your step this Monday morning than pop band The Maine’s cover of 90s classic “You Get What You Give” by the New Radicals - listen on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube
  • Chow Down: If you’re like us, you’re busy working hard to get your summer body back for all those beach and/or lake days coming up around the corner - here are 37 salad recipes to help keep you satiated but not overly stuffed in the meantime
  • Go Deep: Read about how the mental health of students has improved at a Pennsylvania high school after it pushed back its daily start time two hours from 7:45 AM to 9:45 AM
  • Hot Goss: R&B singers Chris Brown and Usher allegedly got into an altercation at the Lovers & Friends music festival in Las Vegas on Saturday morning and proceeded to perform their respective sets afterward
  • Life Hack: Our inner thighs are one of the most neglected parts of our body when we hit the gym, and strengthening those muscles is crucial for our lower body health - here are some of the best inner thigh workouts to help keep your legs toned and improve your overall balance


Ranking the most loved and hated slang terms.

Indian authorities seize real-life snakes on a plane.

The inevitable decline of fast food dining rooms.

See how much hasn’t changed in fridges since 1956.

NASA says water may exist on some moons of Uranus.

Discover what may be the world’s oldest horror story.

How the process of recycling produces microplastics.

Comparing the different speeds of animal heartbeats.

Looking Back…

On May 8th: World War II ends in Europe (1945); the Beatles release their last studio album, Let It Be (1970); the World Health Organization officially declares that smallpox is eradicated (1980); broadcaster, writer, and naturalist David Attenborough is born (1926).

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